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The Facts of Enjoying Hot Tea on a Hot Day

Samantha Albala

Drinking a hot cup of tea may seem like the perfect cozy winter activity, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it also won’t help you survive a sweltering summer day. Science supports tea being an ideal remedy in both seasons due to how our bodies react to internal and external stimuli, and how our natural responses to a good cup of tea make the heat that much easier to endure.

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Drinks & Eats Iced Tea with Lemon

Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Mary Ann Rollano

Cold brewed iced tea is as simple as ‘sun tea’ but better. There’s no risk of microbes developing as the product sits in the hot sun for hours at a time. However, the principle is the same. You’re eschewing the kettle along with the hot water to brew tea.

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Drinks & Eats Coffee and Tea

CoffTea: Enhance Your Friend’s Coffee With Tea

Samantha Albala

Mixing your favorite tea with a BFF’s favorite coffee?! Crazy…maybe even sacrilegious, right? Tea is so magical on its own; it doesn’t need another beverage stepping in (or should I say steeping in), right? Well, maybe not need, but it does spark a bit of curiosity. So why not spend one afternoon mixing high quality flavored loose-leaf teas with high quality single origin coffees?

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 11: Let Us Lotus

Natasha Nesic

When someone says “yoga,” the first thing that comes to mind is Lotus pose. t’s the one that can take the longest to achieve, due to how flexible you must be in your hips, knees, and ankles to get into the pose—let alone sit comfortably for the desired length of meditation...

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History

Darjeeling: The First Harvest of Spring

Mary Ann Rollano

Imagine your first cup of Darjeeling tea. The aroma greats you with a soft flowery scent. The taste is delicate with a fruity apricot peach flavor. You have just experienced a tea like no other. Darjeeling first flush spring tea is widely regarded as some of the worlds finest black tea.

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History

Tea Acronyms: What Do Those Words & Letters Mean?

Heather Edwards

What do these initials and words mean? And, why don’t all tea-growing countries use them? Of the more than 35 countries which produce tea, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India are the primary users of these designations in all their tea-growing areas to describe broken or full tea leaves, leaf position, and words for their appearance and fragrance.

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 10: Release Your Inner Child

Natasha Nesic

Holy cup, Number 10! Since we’ve been focusing so far on strength and stability, now is a good time to add a recovery pose into your yoga arsenal. That’s why we have Balasana, or Child’s Pose. One of the most essential restorative poses, Child’s Pose is a deeply internal experience--even if you’re there for just one breath...

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Health & Beauty

NYC Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop

Natasha Nesic

With each stretch and bend, Melissa encouraged us to go deeper within ourselves. Breathe, listen to the funny inhabitants of our bellies. And as organs are wont to do, they responded appreciatively. This was only the beginning of the Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop at West End Health & Fitness, held on March 26th, 2017.

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Enjoyment

D.I.Y. Tea Tasting Journal

Heather Edwards

Why a tea journal? It makes it so easy to refer back to your favorite teas, remind you where you bought them, and give you ideas for gifting tea-loving friends or family. Yes, you could use Excel or any other spreadsheet software to keep your tasting notes. But doesn’t that defeats the charm, and intimacy, of the tea experience?

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History

History of the Tea Strainer

Samantha Albala

Documentation of tea tools such as the tea strainer appear in ancient history, the earliest models were likely made of bamboo, and later evolved into stainless steel, sterling silver, china, porcelain, silicon, and linen. However, using a tea tool to keep run away tea leaves out of a cup did not become a cited use of the strainer until the 17th century when Dutch merchants made tea more readily available to those outside of the Chinese dynasty.

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 9: Out Like a Lion

Natasha Nesic

“March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” It’s at this time of the year that we must say, “Screw it,” and stick our tongues out at the melancholy of the world. So, forget lambs. We’re sending March out like lions! March is no match for your Matcha...

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Enjoyment

Energize with Tea!

Heather Edwards

One of the fascinations about true tea, that precious leaf of the Camellia sinensis, is its ability to relax the body, energize the spirit, and sharpen mind. What shall you apply all that energy to? The practice of meditation? A hike in the woods? The demands on your mental energy tackling the problems of work or volunteering? Dancing the night away?

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Enjoyment

Tea for Two (or More!)

Samantha Albala

A truth universally held by tea drinkers is that a great cup of tea is made even more wonderful when shared with others, encouraging you to get together with one or more friends and bond over a fresh cup. Why not, instead of just an afternoon tea, devote an entire day to tea? In this TeaMuse article, you'll find a few suggestions on how to share and celebrate your love of tea with a “Tea Day” celebration.

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Enjoyment Take a walk through some flowers

How to Get Out of Your Winter Slump

Luke Pabst

March is upon us! The shortest, yet obviously worst month of the year, is now over. Seriously, who ACTUALLY likes February? Fortunately, March is upon us now, which brings with it a plethora of goodness. The “almost there but not quite yet” month, where winter is being slowly eradicated and spring is almost within reach. Exercise routines, eating habits, recreational activities, and even the tea we drink begins to change.

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Health & Beauty

Take Heart with Heart-Healthy Teas

Natasha Nesic

Be honest with yourself: how often do you think about your heart? Usually, it’s in the metaphorical sense—love, emotion, all those warm fuzzy feelings that make us curl up with a cup of tea. But let’s not forget that the heart is a living organ, as well! It’s a pumping, breathing machine that needs just as much nourishment and understanding as any other part of our body.

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Health & Beauty Tea is perfect for a few minutes of "Me Time"

Self Care, and Tea to Get You There...

Diana Rosen

In this world with a constant influx of news and information, deadlines for work and family, and crossing off those endless items on your to-do list, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Naturally, we think tea can be used as antidote to all of the stressors in life. You might want to consider some of these suggestions for utilizing tea to de-stress, calm yourself, and practice self-care…

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